Doncaster Rovers: Road warriors

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Paul Dickov admits his side may have a preference for life on the road.

But he is urging his side to bring their impressive away form back to the Keepmoat.

“If you look at our performances so far this season – maybe with the exception of the Blackburn game – it certainly looks that way,” Dickov told the Free Press.

“The onus is always on the home team to do the attacking and that tends to suit us when we’re the away team because we like to get the ball down and attack teams quite quickly.

“We need to make that work for us at home.”

Two impressive performances in four days have only strengthened the view that Rovers are away specialists.

This came despite Rovers only taking a single point from two trips, to Huddersfield and Watford.

Dickov said: “It was really pleasing to see the lads carry the good work from the Huddersfield game into Watford.

“The one thing these boys are is responsive to what we’re asking them to do. That desire and attititude can take you far.

“We lost on Tuesday night but I congratulated every single one of them and shook their hands. They know they were hard done by with the penalty decision at Watford.

“But they also know if they keep doing the right things, something has got to turn sooner rather than later.”

Despite his disappointment with the performance in the last home game against Bournemouth, Dickov kept faith with the same team in the last two games.

“The international break gave us the chance as a staff to look through all the games this season,” Dickov said.

“Especially looking back to the games at Charlton and Wigan, we felt the boys had done very well away from home in those two games and deserved a chance again.

“It was the right way to go.

“I wanted a reaction from them after Bournemouth and the ones in the team knew if I didn’t get that, they’d be out.

“We had the reaction at Huddersfield so it was an easy decision to make naming the same team at Watford.”

Rovers are back on home soil this weekend, hosting Nottingham Forest who have made a strong start.

n The Free Press this week offered the club and its major shareholders the opportunity to respond to Sequentia Capital’s proposals, reported in last week’s paper. They chose not to comment.